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St. James' Episcopal School

1941 Webberville Road
Austin, TX 78721

(512) 926-4214


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Montessori

From the Director:

Montessori program in the morning. Center-based program with enrichment offerings in the afternoon - music, capoeira, visits from middle school mentor students.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Practical Life center, metal insets, language cards, other Montessori activities
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • number beads, 100 cubes, counting activities, other Montessori and more traditional math games
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Montessori activities
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • We are working on a garden, have container plants, outside activities, magnifying glasses, telescopes, binoculars, etc.
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • classical music discs, teaching children songs in chapel, both in English and in other languages (Kikuyu, Spanish, Zulu)
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
  • tricycle track, Trex deck with tri-sail covering
Other subjects taught Grace & Courtesy Culture - including geography and cultures of the world

From the Director:

We have a Montessori program until 3:00. From 3:00 - 6:00, we use a center-based program with thematic units.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Montessori includes one-on-one lessons as well as group lessons. Guides are taught to view each child separately and to bring each child to his/her full potential through the introducation of age-appropriate lessons.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

St. James' Episcopal School strives to provide the best educational foundation possible for its students. In addition to academic excellence, St. James' Episcopal School firmly believes that students are best served in a community that is truly and intentionall diverse. The school is committed to remaining financially accessible to families at all income levels.

A Typical Day

7:15 arrival
8:10 chapel
8:30 playground time
9:00 work cycle
12:00 lunch
12:30 naptime
3:00 afternoon enrichment
6:00 departure

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We communicate through letters distributed to parents, through a white board at the entrance of the school, through emails, through personal conversations (all parents enter through a single point, and, therefore, are in contact with administrators daily). We have bi-monthly progress reports, scheduled parent-teacher conferences twice a year, and are available to parents whenever a parent wishes a separate conference.